Fair Oaks Mall

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Fair Oaks Mall
2016-11-29 13 20 46 Interior of the Fair Oaks Mall in Fair Oaks, Fairfax County, Virginia.jpg
Fair Oaks Mall
LocationFair Oaks, Fairfax County, Virginia
Address11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, Virginia 22033
Opening dateJuly 31, 1980 (1980-07-31)
DeveloperA. Alfred Taubman
ManagementTaubman Centers
OwnerTaubman Centers
No. of stores and services166[1]
No. of anchor tenants5[1]
Total retail floor area1,565,000 sq ft (145,400 m2)[1]
No. of floors2

Fair Oaks Mall is a shopping mall in Fair Oaks, Fairfax County, Virginia, just northwest of the city of Fairfax. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 66 and U.S. Route 50. The mall has a gross leasable area (GLA) of 1,565,000 sq ft (145,400 m2). Its anchor stores are J. C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Macy's Furniture Gallery.[2]

In August 2007 it was announced by Taubman Centers that preliminary plans were in the works to expand the mall by 34%.

From 2013 through 2014 Fair Oaks Mall underwent a renovation of the common areas of the mall. The five entrances to the mall were completely renovated, and a grand entrance was built on the north side of the mall along Route 50. The interior was updated with new floor tile, seating areas, technology tables, lighting, furniture, Michael & Son Fun Zone and customer service desk.

In March 2019 the restaurant and entertainment facility Dave and Busters opened, bringing the total sit-down restaurants offered to seven, including Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille, Texas de Brazil, On the Border, Kona Grill and Sushi On.


Fair Oaks Mall officially opened on July 31, 1980.[3] The 1,400,000-square-foot (130,000 m2) mall, developed by the Taubman Company, opened in the midst of a recession, with only four of six anchor stores in operation (Hecht's, JCPenney, Sears, and Woodward & Lothrop) and 15 other storefronts occupied, leaving three fourths of the storefronts empty. The two remaining anchors opened shortly after: Garfinckel's on August 21, 1980, and Lord & Taylor in spring 1981. Developers expected 60 to be occupied by the Christmas season and 100 by the following year. Upon opening, it was the largest mall in the Washington, D.C., area. It included the first suburban Washington location of the British homegoods store Conran's.[4]

In 1982, the Fair Oaks Mall was one of the first sites used by Sears as part of its effort to offer financial services to customers, including stocks, bonds, insurance and real estate, from its Dean Witter, Allstate and Coldwell Banker subsidiaries.[5]

In 1987, the mall's owners attempted to evict Garfinckel's and a related company, Raleigh Stores Holding, Inc., claiming that the store owners had not received the landlord's permission to assign the lease after Allied Stores divested some lines of business.[6] The Garfinckel's chain went out of business in 1990, and Woodward & Lothrop used the space as an auxiliary store for home furnishings.[7] After Woodward & Lothrop went out of business, the space became a Mastercraft furniture store,[8] and then Forever 21 in 2008.[9]

In 1988, seeking to reach out to a broader range of patrons, the Fairfax library system opened a 10,000-volume branch at the Fair Oaks Mall.[10] The mall also contains a Virginia DMV customer service center.

Fairfax Corner, a planned lifestyle center, opened in 2004 just south of Fair Oaks.

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Fair Oaks Mall, into Seritage Growth Properties.[11]

On August 22, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 46 stores nationwide. The store closed in November 2018.[12] After the store closed Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and JCPenney are the remaining anchors left. Part of the second floor of the former Sears is expected to become Dave & Buster's.


  1. ^ a b c "Leasing sheet" (PDF). Taubman Centers. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-08. Retrieved 2017-04-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Mall: The Fountains! The Parasols! The Parking," by Lynn Darling, The Washington Post, Aug 1, 1980, p. C1.
  4. ^ "New Fair Oaks Mall Runs Afoul of Recession," by Jerry Knight, The Washington Post, Jul 27, 1980, p. F1.
  5. ^ "Sears's Experiment In Financial Sales", The New York Times, October 7, 1982. p. D1.
  6. ^ ""Mall owners sues to evict unit of Garfinckel's". (Fair Oaks Mall, Va.) ''Daily News Record'', December 1987 by Betsy Stanton". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  7. ^ "Woodies To Expand At Fair Oaks". The Washington Post. 30 May 1990. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  8. ^ Harris, Pat Lopes (28 September 1998). "Mastercraft Interiors goes malling in Va., Md". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  9. ^ Mui, Yian Q. "Increase in Area Retail Vacancies Is Modest". The Washington Post. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Branching Out; Area Libraries Aren't Just for Books Anymore", The Washington Post, October 13, 1988. pg. v.01
  11. ^ http://www.seritage.com/retail/property/12000-fair-oaks-mall/3312642/landing
  12. ^ https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/08/23/sears-at-fair-oaks-mall-is-closing-all-of-it.html

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Coordinates: 38°51′47″N 77°21′32″W / 38.863°N 77.359°W / 38.863; -77.359